* Republished on August 21, 2017. Today we will have a Total Solar Eclipse. We are an hour south of the Path of Totality. The Desiderata was on my mind today, I hope you appreciate it’s significance.
In the days and weeks and months to come, I’ll be sharing a lot of my own personal journey. Today, however, I wanted to share something that is very personal to me, something that embodies the way I feel about life!
When I started on my path of self-discovery, I came across this poem and it made a huge impact on me; the words seem to ignite a fire that continues today.
When I started my massage practice I would give a copy of this poem to every new client. It was my small way of changing the world, one person at a time. In fact, it was the inspiration for the message on a massage coupon I created, which read: “Changing the world, one hour at a time.”
A purposeful, happy life has always been important to me. Although through the years I have gotten turned around at times and committed to chaos and strife, but the longing for wholeness and a better me has always prevailed in the end.
It is with great pleasure and love that I offer this poem to you as a launching of my new adventure: Lara’s blog. See beauty. Be Beauty. Live Beauty.
~ Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
~ As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
~ If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
~ Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
~Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
~ Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
~ Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
~ With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
~ Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann c.1920
It is easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life – or business of life for that matter. (Interesting closeness!) Take time and plan for rest, play, and purposeful endeavors. Time passes and then what? Build your life as you want it. What are you waiting for?
Be the beauty you want to see in the world…